Welcome to Composition & Rhetoric at Texas A & M Corpus Christi!
A Very Important Note:
- I teach both Composition AND Seminar! Therefore, be EXTRA careful when navigating my wiki page that you aren't looking at assignments for Composition that are for my Seminar sections. In other words, if you are looking for assignments for this class, be sure to navigate through the COMPOSITION wiki link, not Triad stuff.
Introductions & What This Class Is About:
- Who are you? (Let's make sure we know each other!)
- Where are you from?
- What are your hobbies?
- What is your favorite movie/musician/artist/author?
- What do you enjoy reading?
- If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
- What is the weirdest thing about you?
- Who am I?
- What is "Composition?"
Writing is Transmogrative!
Let's Do Some Writing (It's a writing class, remember?)
Make sure you are able to log on to the computers. Open a word document & respond to the following prompts:
- Think of a published piece of writing that you've read that's been significant to you. It could be a book, a song, a poem, a tweet, or a bumper sticker. Why is this piece of writing meaningful to you?
- Do you know who wrote the piece?
- How would you describe the genre of writing (short story, song, poem, etc.)
- When this particular piece of writing was published, who do you think the intended audience was?
- Is there a "back story" to why this piece of writing was published? Did something happen that prompted the writer to sit down and compose it?
- Now, describe how this piece of writing "went out into the world and made something happen."
Make sure you SAVE this document...but not on the classroom computer. Save it on your laptop, USB drive, email it to yourself, etc. Be sure and bring this piece of writing with you (either electronic or printed version) to class on Tuesday.
- Continue the in-class writing, adding or revising things you didn't have time for in class. Bring your writing to class on Tuesday (electronic or printed...doesn't matter).
- Read the syllabus!
- Get familiar with this web site. Click on the links and figure out where stuff is.
- READ "Shitty First Drafts" by Anne Lamott AND pp. 15-34 in your text, Naming What We Know. Come to class on Tuesday prepared to contribute thoughtfully to our discussion. You may want to jot some of your thoughts down on paper, or even as annotations in the margins of your text!